Shallow Snorkel Spot off of Bimini or Gun Cay

probate-rprobate-r Posts: 270 Deckhand
Anyone have a suggestion for a shallow water snorkel spot off of Bimini or Gun? I need a place I can take my 5 and 7 yr olds to that will hold enough life to keep their attention for an hour or two. Any thoughts?

We already have plans to hit the concrete ship and see the stingrays at honeymoon.....

Feel free to IM me if you prefer to keep any ideas private.
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  • Lobstercatcher229Lobstercatcher229 Posts: 4,843 Captain
    Honeymoon harbor you mention, that is a cool place. So is the Concrete Ship.

    Cool that you are taking your kids there. I have some happy memories of the Bahamas when I was young and wasn't able to do much Bahama travel with my 4 kids.
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,662 Captain
    three sisters rock in front of resorts world. nice place.


  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    3 sisters is great suggestion, there are some good patch reefs up that way as well, will get you the numbers
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,130 AG
    Be advised that the current around the Concrete Ship can be very swift at times. Not a whole lot of fish there either but still cool to see. Hemingway used to fish for snappers there.....

    A cool wreck that is shallow is the old C-46 cargo airplane south of South Bimini up on the bank. Run south down the beach of South Bimini and make a nice left turn at the end of the island. Take up a heading of about 070 on the compass and run a few miles. You should see what looks like two channel markers but it's the landing gear of the upside wreck. This is a pretty big airplane...... about the same size as a B-17 bomber.

    The story is that it was trying to sneak into Bimini at night around 1984, in the rain with who-knows-what 'cargo' aboard. They failed to see the runway and when they shoved the throttles forward to pull up, one engine failed and it did a big barrel roll into the water, landing on its back about 1/2 mile south of the runway on South Bimini.

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    Because it is shallow, I'd try to see it at/near high tide. 100 yards or so out, slow way down and crawl in near it as there is at least one big engine sitting on its back and very near the surface. You don't want to hit that!

    Google Earth might show it.........

    Some more info here as well..........

    http://www.ruudleeuw.com/search103.htm
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,662 Captain
    another suggestion is to go up north and around the east side. there is a small channel that flows in and out of the backside of bimini. it is cool water and full of small fish a few cudas and all sorts of sea life.

    the kids will love it. see the picture for location.

    when going around, stay a good distance off of the north point of bimini. it is very rocky. and depending on your draft, you can get a few hundred feet from the opening of the channel.

    its an area that is not explored a lot but it is fun to do, in part because of all of the debris that washes up there.


  • probate-rprobate-r Posts: 270 Deckhand
    Thanks Doug for the numbers, and Gary and Alacrity for the ideas. I forgot about the plane, and that would be a perfect stop for my girls. Small and easy to get to. We usually stop for lunch at the beach at the northern tip of N Bimini and let the girls play in the shallows off the flat there. But I like the channel idea and we will check it out this time.
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  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    Raf, is there enough water for my boat to get around the N and E side and approach that channel? Have always heard about it but never been there
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,662 Captain
    dpdash wrote: »
    Raf, is there enough water for my boat to get around the N and E side and approach that channel? Have always heard about it but never been there

    yes, there is enough water, but you probably need to stay a good distance from the rocks at the north and from the land at the east. once near the channel, you probably are going to be 1/4 out or so from it. see the chart below and keep a good look out. the bottom there is sandy/rocky like at the sapona. i've seen sporties anchored nearby but they dont get as close as i get. it is one of the cooler things to do in bimini. the water is cool and clean and it's like a lazy river. the kids love it in part because of what we find around the area.


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